Murder is defined as "the unlawful killing of a human being or a fetus with malice aforethought" in California Penal Code § 187 (a) PC. Individuals who are charged with murder, a form of homicide, are up against tough prosecution. If convicted of murder, the defendant may never be released from custody. If the homicide is charged as capital murder, the individual may even be sentenced to death. Murder is divided into various categories, including:
If convicted of first-degree murder, the defendant can face 25 years to life in prison. The sentence can be elevated to life without the possibility of parole in cases in which the killing was related to a hate crime. Capital murder carries the sentence of the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole. Individuals convicted of second-degree murder can face 16 years to life in prison. Additional penalties can be added onto a sentence if aggravating factors are involved. If you are faced with the charge of murder, you must pursue strong legal action with the help of our Southern California criminal defense attorney.
At our firm, we can evaluate and defend your case from the start of the investigation to the conclusion of the legal proceedings. At The Karpel Law Group, we have experience handling violent crime cases and can help you navigate your murder case. Our firm can help you prepare a strong defense to pursue a reduction of your sentence or the dismissal of your case. Some of the defenses that can be used for murder cases in California include:
We can assess the most appropriate resolution to your case based on the unique details involved. With thorough investigation and research, we may be able to help you avoid the serious consequences that come with conviction.
Contact our firm for the legal guidance you need.